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t ,22 - November 06, 2014 Your Hometown Newspaper News Outlook t House Divided , cont. from pg. 20 ounty Militia. In 1855, he was elected to the Ken- lvcky House of Representa- yves. After selling his farm in 1859, he established }t sheep ranch in Texas. Vhen the Civil War broke put, he joined the Confed- erates at Prestonsburg and ,ganized a company for e 5th Kentucky Infantry. . 1863, he was promoted to Colonel of the regiment. After the war, Hawkins ettled in Alabama and pur- ]chased a farm in Barbour ounty. In the 1870s, he was elected to the Alabama .State Legislature, where he spearheaded the effort to establish, the Alabama Department of Agricul- lure. 1882, Col. Hawkins Mas elected a member of the lower house of the ,labama legislature, as a 'democrat, and re-elected in 1884. He died in 1914 and is buried in the Fair- :view Cemetery in Eufaula, Alabama. It is a fair bet that many present day Bath Coun- tians have some connec- tion with the American Civil War and just haven't researched far enough. The cemeteries in Bath County are dotted with graves of veterans from both sides of the war; some within close proximity, which is a stark contrast to the division among the souls under the Earth. I spoke with a man named Jamie from Frenchburg who has located the site of the Mud Lick Springs bat- tle and has recovered some artifacts such as buttons, buckles and spent bullets, so at least some of the sites are still yielding hidden archaeological treasures. Other sites have been lost to farm lands, development and to Cave Run Lake. On August 3 1907, a monu- ment was dedicated in the Owingsville Cemetery to the Confederate Sons of Bath County, one of sixty throughout the state. The monument is that of a Con- federate soldier standing, leaning on his rifle, looking to the North, and is thir- teen feet tall. It was erected by the Bath County Chap- ter of the United Daugh- ters of the Confederacy and dedicated by Colonel W.T. Ellis of Owenshoro. Around the statue are the graves of several Confeder- ate Bath Countians. The monument was dedicated as a National Historic Site in 1997 and has weathered many storms and seasons. Another monolith stands in the cemetery that belongs to Lieutenant James Wil- leroy, who was with Com- pany A, 13th Virginia Vol- unteers and killed in action at the Second Battle of Bull Run at Manassas in 1862. This is the only grave I have found in Owingsville Cemetery that belongs to a soldier killed in action dur- ing the Civil War, although I'm sure if I looked around a little better there and at other county cemeteries, I'd find more. The Civil War left many people and communities divided, not only during the conflict but for generations after. In the forty years of my existence, I haven't directly seen that division in Bath County, but oc- casionally there are some who still have that rebel soul among them. These days, there are some who wish to push away the war and keep it 'out of sight, out of mind.' due to the de- bate over slavery and the racial undertones. To do so would nullify those who fought for either side for their cause and lessen their achievements or legacies. Form your own opinions, but don't ignore the histo- ry and tales of bravery and courage under fire. If you, the reader, should get the chance to attend a battle reenactment, I encourage you to do so. There are re- enactments held annually at nearby Richmond, Perryville and Wildcat Mountain that are sm-prisingly re- alistic. Take the time to visit a museum, like the ones at Mount Sterling or Perryville, or explore your local library archives to learn about where you are from...you just may be sur- prised what event in his- tory happened fight where you stand. Special thanks to Mar- litta for helping me cor- rect some inconsisten- cies and help fleshing out the stories of some of the Bath County vet- erans who served on ei- ther side. For information about the Mount Sterling History Museum, visit http://www. m ts te rlingto u ris m. co m/ links.html Other links to battlefield reenactments: -http ://battleoerryville. coral -http : //www. battleofrich- mond.org/ -http ://wildcatreenact- ment.com/ Sources: -http://eakycivilwar blogspot.com/ by Marlitta Perkins -An Illustrated History o/ Bath County, Kentucky by John Adair Richards, (c) 1961, Southwest Printers, Yuma, Arizona -A History of the Civil War in Bath County, Vir- ginia Hunt (housed at the Bath Co Memorial Library) -The Paper Trail of the Civil War in Kentucky 1861-65, compiled by Col. (Retired) Aramndo Alfaro -http://www. kykinfolk. corn/ -Wikipedia searches o/ The Battle of Ivy Mountain, Kentucky in the Civil War, John Hunt Morgan, John Bell Hood -http : //www. civilwarin- dex.com/ -Morgan's Men: A Narra- tive of Personal Experience by Henry Lane Stone, (c) 1919 Louisville Brandt & Fowler p Mayor ARE IIITED TO OUR i i " i Nv00ember reports KSP patrnls for AT 9th, 2014 isp" eeders on Ramey Road startSsundaySUnday SchOOlatworship, 0 am andat 11 am. A dinner will t presence in the area over The December 1 meet- By Cecil Lawson follow. the past few weeks, follow- ing of the Sharpsburg City , KyNewsGroup ing Clemons' contact with Council will be held at the : cecil@kynewsgroup.com Capt. Bowling. Community Center to cel- The Ole Stump Kickers Council members voted ebrate the holiday and the will be to allow the gym at the past year's accomplish- Sharpsburg Community ments. Center to be open on Mon- day's and Wednesdays ' from 10 a.m, to 6 p.m. for those in the community Carlisle Clinic who wish to use it for walk- ing. -'Clemons also discussea a number of upcoming dates for Sharpsburg, including the Christmas Open House announces the addition of and Parade, to be held on Saturday, Nov. 22. Craft vendors willbe on hand, Jennifer Bond, ARNP and space for more ven- dors is available. The Com- munity Center will open at 10 a.m., and the Christmas Parade will take place at 1 p.m. The Community Center rlisle Clinic will also hold a holiday cen- terpiece and swag making Carlisle Clinic is now accepting class on Dec. 9 through Maysville Community and new patients and accepts Making Our Communities Healthier Technical College, with . . . more classes scheduled in 107 S. Broadway, Carlisle speeding vehicles m recent Medicare, Medicaid and haonths, early 2015. Clemons also 859-289-4124 t noted a number of upcom- . , Council members have ing private parties already most major insurances. Monday - Friday 8 am- 4:30 pm leporte.d seeing a greater scheduled for the commu- entucky State Police nity center for the newyear. . Members of the Sharps. burg City Council held brief regular monthly meet- !g on Monday evening to onduct the city's business. Mayor Dorothy Clemons 'aaid that, atthe request of everal residents of Ramey Road and Plesu(,4Rie Apartments, she had con- tacted Kentucky State Po- lice Morehead Post Capt. Brian Bowling about the [taffic situation on Ramey Road. o: Residents have reported aeeding vehicles on the load, which contains a con- [ested area near the apart- ment complex and a num- ler of homes. The road ontains also has a blind bpot at the top of a hill near [he congested area.  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